Pathway

Demonstrate

Description

Invest resources to ensure that your organization’s commitment to sustainability aligns with its on-the-ground actions and that your organization is working towards positively impacting its work force, the environment, and society.

Practice

Employee Wellbeing

Description

Employee wellbeing: provide programs or initiatives to support the wellbeing of employees

Question

To what extent does your organization signal its commitment to employee wellbeing?

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Practice

Invest in Communities

Description

Invest in communities: contribute resources to the communities within which the organization operates and encourage and enable employees to do the same

Question

To what extent do you contribute resources to the communities within which you operate and encourage and enable employees to do the same?

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Practice

Resolve Inconsistencies

Description

Resolve inconsistencies: identify and eliminate perceptions of inconsistencies between stated intentions and on the ground actions

Question

To what extent do you Identify and eliminate perceptions of inconsistencies between your sustainability commitments and your on the ground actions?

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Practice

Link

Description

Bring sustainability down to the individual level by connecting the impact of everyday actions at work with sustainability at home (and vice versa); connect organizational sustainability activities to personal sustainability activities (and vice versa); make it easier for employees to make choices that favour sustainability

Question

To what extent do you encourage employees to bring their personal sustainability behaviors to work or connect organizational sustainability activities to their personal lives?

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Practice

Leverage Interest

Description

Leverage interest: condone, encourage, and support grassroots efforts of employees and engage interested employees to help identify and reconcile inconsistencies and spread environmentally and socially responsible behaviours

Question

To what extent do you encourage and support grassroots efforts and/or engage interested employees to identify and reconcile inconsistencies and help spread environmentally and socially responsible behaviours?

Resources

  • World Wildlife Fund Living Planet @Work

    The World Wildlife Foundation Canada provides guidance your green team can use on structuring roles and responsibilities within the team, setting team goals, running office campaigns, as well as resources on implementing projects specifically related to paper, waste, travel, energy, and procurement. For each of these topics, WWF Canada provides a primer to the topic, examples of common initiatives, benchmarks from other companies, and spreadsheets to conduct audits and track progress.

    The resources have been developed as a part of the WWF's Living Planet at Work Program.

Practice

Tackle Issues

Description

Tackle issues: work with other organizations to try to achieve broader sustainability goals that benefit the environment and/or society

Question

To what extent do you collaborate with other organizations to try and achieve shared sustainability goals that benefit the environment and/or society?

Resources

  • Sustainability Through Partnerships

    This report offers a comprehensive summary of how collaboration is key to unlocking sustainability. The report starts with the premise that no single organisation or sector has the knowledge or resources to "go it alone," and explores the nature and characteristics of different types of multi-sector partnerships before offering a model for the creation of cross-sector partnerships. The report ends with a series of focused recommendations and good practice for different groups (Business, NGOs, Government, and Communities) engaging in partnerships.
  • The Dawn of Systems Leadership

    What are the core capabilities needed to enable meaningful cross-sector collaboration? In this article from SSIR, Peter Senge and his co-authors help explain how to develop these competencies by sharing stories of leaders who have made a difference in navigating complex systems.
  • Unlocking the Power of Partnerships

    This report aims to highlight the potential strength of effective cross-sector partnerships in delivering against broader societal sustainability goals. KPMG have supplemented their own experiences with one-to-one interviews and research to put forward a framework of eight factors that should be considered when creating, operating, and sustaining collaborative partnerships.
  • Creating partnerships for sustainability

    The article discusses how long-term sustainable collaborations with other organizations (both public and private) can help businesses tackle complex environmental and social issues. Through research with businesses, government, and NGO leaders, authors Albani and Henderson provide seven ways that businesses can successfully collaborate.
  • Zinc & Health

    In this interesting example of tackling issues, Teck - one of the largest producers of zinc in the world - began a health initiative that explored providing zinc to communities in need. Approximately 450,000 children die each year from zinc deficiency in developing countries, and is an important mineral in boosting the immune system and preventing diarrhea. 

    Teck is now a part of a collaboration between a number of organizations including UNICEF, the Micronutrient Initiative, and the International Zinc Association, as well as local governments, and their work towards resolving global health issues related to zinc deficiency includes zinc supplementation, food fortification, crop nutrition, awareness, and advocacy. This short clip features senior leaders at Teck and others involved in the collaboration speaking about how it came about and how it has progressed.

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